I've been observing the music scene like many of you fine patrons for the past couple of years and I've had a thought buzzing in my mind and wanted your opinion. Rap is dead. Hip-hop has taken it's place. Now, when I say "Hip-hop" I mean these groups and or people, "Eminem, Bubba Sparxxx, Ja Rule, Jay-Z, Jermaine Dupre, Ludacris, Lil' Kim, Lil Wayne, Lil Bow Wow, all the other Lil's, and any other entity more concered about how many diamonds they can fit in thier teeth than using any talent they may have been blessed with to make a statement". Hip-hop is the tainted soul of what used to be Rap. Rap was Run DMC, Public Enemy, Beasties. Hell, Snoop and Dre were and I still think two of the more respectable and original people in the biz. Somewhere it died. Somewhere along the line they all became copies of copies of copies of copies. Can you really think of someone with the balls to do something original in mainstream hip-hop latley. Even critics have become so accustomed to this trite dribble that they praise the better of the worst, like Missy Elliot. I saw the same repetition when hair-bands ruled the waves and nothing could stand in their way. Then the Seattle music came into our lives an almost instantly those fake, monster ballad singing, blond boys left us forever. No matter how much you may hate grunge, you have to thank God it got rid of what it did. Now for the question I promised from the start. Can I assume that with the cycles of music that hip-hip will simply go away or will it continually evolve into higher levels of shit(or brilliance if that is your preference)? Also what is your opinion on the current state of hip-hop? Is all the good underground stuff to remain underground forever? Can the public not handle it? Can it not handle the public without being tainted by materialism so prevalent in mainstream hip-hop?